The author of this article was able to look at a list of the holy killers who have found safe refuge in Iran. The list reads like the Who's Who of global jihad, with close to 25 high-ranking leadership cadres of Al-Qa'ida--planners, organizers, and ideologues of the jihad from Egypt, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, North Africa, and Europe. Right at the top in the Al-Qa'ida hierarchy: three of Usama Bin Ladin's sons, Saad, Mohammad, and Othman.
Al-Qa'ida spokesman Abu Ghaib enjoys Iranian protection, as does Abu Dagana al-Alemani (known as the German), who coordinates cooperation of the various jihadist networks throughout the world from Iran. They live in secure housing of the Revolutionary Guard in and around Tehran. "This is not prison or house arrest," is the conclusion of a high-ranking intelligence officer. "They are free to do as they please."
Saif al-Adel, military chief and number three in Al-Qa'ida, also had a free hand. In early May 2003, Saudi intelligence recorded a telephone conversation with the organizer of the series of attacks in the Saudi capital Riyadh that claimed over 30 victims, including seven foreigners, in May 2003. Saif al-Adel gives orders for the attacks from Iran, where he operated under the wing of the Iranian intelligence service.
Interesting. While Iran provieds safe haven for these Sunnie's, al-Zarqawi is killing Shia in Iraq. Makes a person question Tehran's comitment to Shia Islam.
posted on 11/12/2005 8:24:54 AM PST
(Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum)
To: Valin; F14 Pilot
If they close the Tehran Stock Exchange (and not only this site http://tse.ir
) it will for sure cause more problems. They do not understand that the Stock Market is just a measurement of the economy and not something you can use to control it. But, just a rumor that it will be closed makes a run on the financial institutions - i.e. what has been going on for some months now. It will accelerate.
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 12 Capital flight in Iran over the past fortnight reached its highest recorded level since the 1979 Islamic revolution, prompting financial advisors to the hard-line government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to call for a temporary suspension of the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE), according to market investors.
The market flight took a dramatic turn for the worse after Ahmadinejad made a speech in Tehran calling for the destruction of Israel and threatening Iran's Muslim neighbours that developed ties with the Jewish state, an investor close to the government, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
The hard-line president's remarks were condemned by the international community, and Tehran received a reprimand by the United Nations Security Council.
The capital flight began in earnest in June, after the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new president. Ahmadinejad's record as a radical Islamist and a former Revolutionary Guards commander, and his reputed remark that "stock exchange speculation is forbidden in Islam" sent jitters through the country's markets. Nervous investors have been transferring their capital to safe havens such as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In the past four months, the Tehran Stock Exchange has lost more than 20 percent of its value.
Ahmadinejad's recent comments, however, spiked capital flight to an all-time high and there are no indications that the markets would calm down any time soon, the source said.
Meanwhile, the Tehran-based daily Rooz reported on Thursday that representatives of the World Bank told the governor of Iran's Central Bank that the country's economy was spiralling out of control.
The free-fall of the stock exchange and investors' exodus have added to the mounting economic problems facing Ahmadinejad's government. The hard-line President reportedly told a cabinet meeting last month that "if we were permitted to hang two or three persons, the problems with the stock exchange would be solved for ever".
In another development, a team of financial analysts close to the government wrote in a confidential report that the only feasible solution to Iran's economic woes at present was to temporarily suspend activities at the Tehran Stock Exchange, according to Ahmad Sabahi, an Iranian financial analyst based in Dubai.
"We have received word that the [Tehran] Stock Exchange might halt trading within the next several weeks", Sabahi said in a telephone interview.
He said the authorities were not implementing the decision to shut down the TSE immediately, so that investors would not draw a correlation between the suspension and the Iranian president's recent pronouncements.
posted on 11/12/2005 11:01:35 AM PST
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